Roanoke Tourist Attractions

Roanoke, in the Roanoke Valley, is a pleasant city with lots of attractions and activities to keep visitors busy. Roanoke is home to several museums and galleries, along with nearby historic sites and natural attractions. The city is also known for its annual festivals so be sure to check the Roanoke City Calendar to find out what is happening.

Virginia's Explore Park (closed)

Closed permanently on November 18, 2007.
Virginia's Explore Park located in Roanoke is a wilderness area consisting of over 1100 acres astride the Roanoke River. Biking, walking, hiking, and fishing all await the great outdoorsman. For those less inclined to those sorts of activities, a full service restaurant is on site as is an outdoor living museum interpreting life in 1671, 1757, and 1850. The park is located at the mile 115 signpost on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Harrison Museum of African American Culture

The Harrison Museum of African American Culture located in Roanoke showcases the history of African Americans in Southwestern Virginia. The museum is housed in the first public school for African American students in Southwestern Virginia called Harrison Public School. The building, built in 1916, is listed on the National Historic Landmark Register.
Official site:
Address: 523 Harrison Avenue NW, Roanoke, VA 24016-1740, United States

Mill Mountain

Mill Mountain located in Roanoke is a hill just over 1700 feet high. The ambitiously named hill has a famous adornment - a star. The Roanoke Star is the second largest illuminated star in the world and was built in 1949. Mill Mountain also has a small zoo near its summit. Views from the top are out over downtown Roanoke and the Roanoke Valley.

Center in the Square

The Center in the Square in Roanoke is home to the Art Museum of Western Virginia, History Museum & Historical Society of Western Virginia and O. Winston Link Museum, Mill Mountain Theatre, Science Museum of Western Virginia, The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, Opera Roanoke, and the Roanoke Ballet Theatre.
Official site:
Address: 1 Market Square, Roanoke, VA 24011-1429, United States

Science Museum of Western Virginia and Hopkins Planetarium

The Science Museum of Western Virginia and Hopkins Planetarium located in Roanoke features a variety of fun exhibits for young and old. Some of the permanent exhibits include the Earth Treasures Gallery, the Light and Sound Arcade, the Weather Gallery among many others. The museum also boasts of a planetarium with a constantly changing presentation, check to see what's coming up.
Official site:
Address: 1 Market Square, Roanoke, VA 24011-1442, United States

Taubman Museum of Art (formerly the Art Museum of Western Virginia)

Taubman Museum of Art (formerly the Art Museum of Western Virginia) in Roanoke is one of the city's cultural hot spots. Featuring several permanent galleries of 19th and 20th Century art, the museum also hosts traveling exhibits on a regular basis. It is housed in a 66 million dollar building designed by architect Randall Stout of Los Angeles.
Official site:
Address: 110 Salem Avenue SE, Roanoke, VA 24011-1436, United States

History Museum & Historical Society of Western Virginia

The History Museum & Historical Society of Western Virginia in Roanoke is a vast resource on everything related to Western Virginia. The 16,000 square foot facility houses the 6000-item collection. The Historical Society also conducts ongoing research on the area and has over 8000 photographs in its collection.
Official site:
Address: Box 1904, Roanoke, VA 24011-1435, United States

Virginia Museum of Transportation

The Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke has a good collection of classic cars, rolling stock, photographs and other related items. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum also features temporary exhibits. Check in with Virginia Museum of Transportation to see what exhibits are being featured.
Official site:
Address: 303 Norfolk Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24016-3620, United States

Mill Mountain Zoological Park

The Mill Mountain Zoological Park in Roanoke presents 39 different species, with over 130 animals. Some of the animals are listed as endangered. The zoo also has a number of educational programs.
Official site:
Address: Box 13484, Roanoke, VA 24034-3484, United States

Opera Roanoke

Opera Roanoke operates a full season of operas for the citizens of Roanoke. The performances take place in the Shaftsman Performance Hall. Be sure to check in with the box office to see what's playing during your visit.
Official site:
Address: 541 Luck Avenue, Suite 209, Roanoke, VA 24016-5047, United States

To the Rescue Museum (Closed)

To the Rescue Museum is temporarily closed but will be moving to a new location.



The town name of Salem conjures up many thoughts, however it should not to be confused with Salem, MA that was once the site of the Salem Witchcraft Trials. Salem VA is a very pleasant place to visit. The town is located in the beautiful Blue Mountains and is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Hiking, walking, biking and just plain relaxing are the main attractions. The town has an active Arts and Culture scene, boasts of fine restaurants, and is blessed with several fine museums.

Salem Museum

The Salem Museum, located in the city of the same name, should not to be confused with the Salem Witch Museum. The Salem Museum provides the history and background of the local area and frequently hosts a rotating gallery of local artwork. It is housed in the historic Williams-Brown House.
Official site:
Address: 801 East Main Street, Salem, VA 24153-4312, United States

Dixie Caverns

The Dixie Caverns can be visited on a guided tour offered by the Dixie Caverns and Pottery Shop in Salem. The caverns are well lit and suitable for anyone, including children.
Official site:
Address: 5753 West Main Street, Salem, VA 24153-8239, United States

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